By Monica Land
JACKSON – A 61-year-old man from McComb has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, five suspended, for stealing more than $16,000 from a 97-year-old woman.
Attorney General Jim Hood said Kenneth Miller appeared before Pike County Circuit Judge David strong and pleaded guilty to exploiting $16,400 from the elderly bedridden victim.
Hood said an investigation revealed that Miller deceived the victim into believe that he was helping her by paying her monthly expenses, making purchases for her, buying her food and other matters with her own money.
Miller accomplished this by cashing checks from the victim’s bank account.
Miller also fooled the victim into believing that he was providing lawn care, home repair and plumbing services for which he should have been compensated, when in fact, he had provided none or very little of those services.
Hood said the investigation revealed Miller was paying his own personal bills and making purchases himself with the victim’s money.
Hood said the case came to his attention when a bank employee noticed the fraud.
“These type of tips from concerned citizens and community leaders can be the key to finding the evidence we need to uncover a crook’s wrongdoing,” he said.
Miller was arrested on May 8.
He was also ordered to pay $16,439.21 in restitution to the victim, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, $1,000 for recovery of investigative costs and another $2,000 in fines, plus all court costs.